A 23-year-old West Tisbury man is facing charges including drunken driving after he led police on a chase and crashed his car on State Road in North Tisbury, seriously injuring a passenger in the early hours of Saturday morning.

West Tisbury Sgt. Garrison Vieira told the Gazette that officer Daniel Durawa was on routine patrol just after 12.30 a.m. Saturday when he clocked a vehicle on the Edgartown-West Tisbury Road traveling 63 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Sergeant Vieira said the car, which was being driven by Nathaniel Schneider, turned onto Old County Road. He said Officer Durawa followed and conducted a stop at the intersection of Scotchman’s Bridge Lane and State Road. The sergeant said the officer “had the suspicion the driver could be under the influence of alcohol and radioed me to respond.”

Sergeant Vieira said soon after he arrived at the scene to conduct a field sobriety test, Mr. Schneider “put it in drive, hit the gas and took off.” Police already had the obtained license information for Mr. Schneider at that point, the sergeant said. “By the time Officer Durawa pulled out to get behind him, he was two tenths of a mile down the road . . . the crash scene was about six tenths of a mile down the road,” he said.

The sergeant said he later judged the driver was going faster than 60 mph and failed to make a turn. He said the car, a 2015 Subaru XV, hit a large oak tree, became airborne, flipped at least once, then came back upright and hit a telephone pole. When he arrived at the scene, Sergeant Vieira said the driver was out of the car but the passenger was trapped. He said he called the fire department for assistance and firefighters used mechanical means to free the passenger, a 22-year-old male later identified later in the police report as Alfred (Tripp) Pace 3rd of Edgartown.

Both driver and passenger were transported by ambulance to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Mr. Schneider was kept at the hospital overnight for observation, according to the police report. Mr. Pace was admitted for treatment. The passenger had also been drinking, Sergeant Vieira said. “The car probably saved their lives,” he said.

Mr. Schneider is facing charges of speeding, failing to stop for police, speed greater than usual, drunken driving with serious bodily injury, marked lanes violation, registration sticker violation and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

A court summons will be issued, Sergeant Vieira said.